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My (almost) 6 year old is a huge fan of LEGO, and has requested several sets for her birthday and Christmas over the coming months. So today I am delighted to share with you this LEGO Friends Heartlake City Grand Hotel review, and a little more about Zavvi, who very kindly sent this set for us to build!
LEGO Friends Heartlake City Grand Hotel Review
Does your child love LEGO? Elizabeth absolutely adores her Lego sets, particularly the Lego friends sets. So she was very excited to receive this set I am reviewing today.
For those of you that don’t know the range, The Lego Friends girls are Stephanie, Andrea, Olivia, Emma and Mia. And with their friends in Heartlake City they have all kinds of adventures. There are a whole range of Lego sets featuring the girls, from a Lego Friends Mall to a Lego Friends Waterpark. But today we are building the Lego Friends Hotel.
Set 41684 Heartlake City Grand Hotel
This is not the first Lego Friend Hotel to have ever been devised by the brilliantly creative minds at the LEGO group. There was a previous Lego hotel set released in 2015 that is now very rare indeed (Lego Friends Grand Hotel 41101).
The Heartlake City Grand Hotel 2021 has 1308 pieces and is aimed at an 8+ audience. Though my (almost) 6 year old was very able to use the instruction booklet to build it too.
The wonderful thing about LEGO is how clear the booklet is. Step by step your are taken through which bricks to use. The bricks are bagged up in sections. And the content of each bag relates to each section of the lego friends grand hotel instructions so it is easy to see what parts you have. And very soon you find that you are well into construction and loving the whole process!
It took us about 5 hours to build the set together over 2 evenings. And it is really such a lovely set.
LEGO® Friends Grand Hotel Features
The friends grand hotel has a reception, lobby area, 2 bedrooms, a penthouse suite, spa, rooftop bar and an outdoor dining area. It comes with 3 floors of little details and cute accessories, such as
- a working revolving door,
- mini grand piano in the lobby
- a post box, letters and a computer in reception
- a small luggage trolly
- jacuzzi in the roof top spa
- ensuite to the bedrooms
- locks on the penthouse suite doors and a queen sized bed.
The new Heartlake grand hotel set comes with 4 mini dolls and 3 animals. Stephanie is dressed in bell-boy attire. River wears a suit. And Emma and Amelia are in evening gowns. Such a great set to play with.
But one of the best features of the hotel is that it comes with seasonal accessories, so that the hotel and outdoor dining area can be redressed and decorated for each season. In summer there is a lounger, ice cream and June flowers, autumn brings pumpkins and golden leaves for the trees, and winter brings snowballs and candles. We built the Autumn set as it is October, but cannot wait to return to the set in December to place the winter decorations for the hotel!
Such Intricate Detail
One of the best things about the newer LEGO friends sets is the attention to detail in every little part of the build. Even looking at the mini dolls you can tell that a lot of thought has gone into the design.
Compared to the figures from a few years back, the dolls have wonderful detailing on their outfits and facial expressions. This makes them a delight to display as well as to play with.
And the same detail follows through into the way that the whole set is built. We loved the way that the construction using some of the technic pieces made up the columns around the windows for instance. And it was ingenious how some of the bricks had to be used upside down yet the whole build comes together so solidly. It really does make you appreciate how clever the designers of these sets are.
Finally, one of the best little details for us appeared on the chimney breast in the hotel lobby. A single golden frog detail is a clever and cute nod to the previous incarnation of the Lego Grand Hotel, which had quite a few of these pearl gold frogs on its facade. Nice touch.
Brilliant For Active Play
As well as being incredibly fun to build, the set is fantastically sturdy. So it is the perfect base on which to play. In fact, Elizabeth’s lego friends hotel has now got pride of place on top of her lego shelves. And she uses it with more of her mini doll collection. I can see the Lego hotel set being one of her favourites for years to come!
Who Are Zavvi?
Zavvi sell a host of branded products, from movie, TV show and video game branded products to games and toys for all ages. They have a huge range of Lego in stock, and all your favourite ranges, be in Ninjago, Technic, Harry Potter or the Friends range.
They have great savings from the RRP of the sets that they sell. The hotel set above is currently £18 cheaper than the official LEGO® shop price. And they currently have plenty of 3 sets for £20 on offer too. I know where I will be stocking up!
I Hope You’ve Enjoyed This Lego Friends Hotel Review
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